Australia reveals over 600 asylum seekers turned back at sea

Australia has turned around more than 600 asylum seekers trying to reach its shores on 20 separate boats since enacting controversial new border controls in December 2013, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday.

Expedition returns to South Pacific to crack Amelia Earhart mystery

 The quest to solve one of aviation`s most enduring mysteries, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, resumes on a South Pacific atoll next week -- with a cruise ship looking on for the first time.

Half of Vanuatu's population affected by Cyclone Pam: UN

More than half of the South Pacific island nation Vanuatu's population has been affected by Cyclone Pam, the UN said on Friday as the death toll rose to 16.

UN disaster meeting opens in tsunami-hit Japan

Policymakers gathered for a ten-yearly meeting on disaster risk reduction Saturday, with hopes high that the conference in tsunami-hit Japan might provide a springboard for real efforts to tackle natural disasters and costly climate change.

Dozens feared dead as cyclone pounds Pacific island of Vanuatu

Dozens feared dead as cyclone pounds Pacific island of Vanuatu

A terrifying tropical cyclone which smashed into Vanuatu in the South Pacific wreaked widespread devastation, aid agencies said on Saturday, raising fears that dozens may have died in what may be one of the region's worst weather disasters.

New Zealand spying on South Pacific allies: Reports

New Zealand is conducting mass spying on its South Pacific neighbours then passing the information to a US-led intelligence alliance, media reports citing leaked documents said on Thursday.

PM Modi to attend first-ever summit with 14 South Pacific island countries

India would be holding the first-ever summit meeting with the leaders of 14 South Pacific Island nations on Nov 19 in Fiji, seeking to strengthen its geo-strategic base in the region that is rich in resources and lies at the centre of a growing maritime route.

US fugitive found with son on Pacific`s tiny Niue

An American man accused of kidnapping his son was found with the boy on the remote South Pacific atoll of Niue some 8,800 kilometres (5,500 miles) from home, authorities said.

Fiji ruler looks set to win poll, but opponents spotlight fraud

Fiji`s strongman ruler looked set on Friday to sail to victory in the South Pacific island nation`s first elections after eight years of military rule, a contest praised by regional leaders and observers, but clouded by opposition accusations of fraud.

Series of quakes strike off South Pacific islands: USGS

A strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the South Pacific islands of Wallis and Futuna in the early hours today, following another powerful earthquake off Tonga.

Tonga in South Pacific lashed by powerful cyclone

The South Pacific island nation of Tonga was lashed by a powerful cyclone on Friday, with damage reported in the northern islands.

6.6 magnitude Pacific quake, no tsunami threat: US geologists

A powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck on Wednesday off the coast of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, but US geologists said it was too deep to cause a tsunami.

Strong quake strikes remote Pacific islands

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck near the remote Kermadec Islands in the South Pacific, US geologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

6.2 quake hits off Vanuatu: USGS

A 6.2-magnitude quake hit off the South Pacific island of Vanuatu Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but it was not expected to generate a tsunami.

Tsunami off Solomon Islands damages homes, kills 5

A powerful earthquake off the Solomon Islands generated a tsunami of up to 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) that damaged dozens of homes and likely killed several people in the South Pacific island chain on Wednesday.

Phantom island shown on Google Earth `does not exist`

Scientists have discovered an island that does not exist – even though it appears on Google and global maps.

Scientists `undiscover` Pacific island, say it doesn`t exist

A South Pacific island, shown on world maps, marine charts as well as on Google Earth, actually does not exist, Australian scientists claim.

Total solar eclipse enthralls sky watchers

A rare total solar eclipse plunged northern Australia into darkness for two minutes on Wednesday.

Magnitude 6.0 quake hits South Pacific near Fiji

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not immediately issue a tsunami alert.

Magnitude-7.6 earthquake hits South Pacific

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre`s report on the quake said sea level readings indicated that a tsunami was generated.